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Lake Trail

Monday, December 31st, 2007

Sarah and I hiked the 4.5-mile Lake Trail in Yellowwood State Forest today. Fortunately we didn’t see any logging going on in Yellowwood. I brought my Nikon D50 on this hike instead of the point & shoot camera I’ve been bringing, and I think it made a world of difference.

We had never hiked this trail before, and I was really looking forward to it, since it goes around Yellowwood Lake, one of my favorite lakes in the area.  It starts out following the Jackson Creek Trail, which we had hiked before, but soon splits off. And follows the west side of the lake fairly closely. It has numerous ups and downs as it goes winding in the nooks and crannies of the shoreline, then going uphill, further inland, and back down to the lake again. It’s a great time of year to hike this trail because with the leaves off the trees, you have a great view of the lake this whole time.

Lake Trail
Lake Trail

Jackson Creek
Jackson Creek

Yellowwood Lake
The lake sprawls into the distance

Sarah by Yellowwood Lake
Sarah by Yellowwood Lake

Long shadows
Trees on a hill

We approached the end of the lake and hiked across the dam. We had picnicked here before when we hiked the High King Hill and Scarce o’Fat trails before.

Dam
Crossing the dam

Yellowwod Lake
Another view of the lake

We then had to cross the creek by the spillway, which was probably the most challenging part of the hike. It didn’t help that the trail, which had been well-marked to this point, was incorrectly marked here so we ended up trying to cross the creek in the wrong place. There was also a steep slope up to a sketchy stairway, and Sarah slipped on the wooden slat forming the stair, smashing her leg on a piece of rebar.

Crossing by the spillway
Creek Crossing

Tricky section
Dangerous stairs

The hike on the east side of the lake is much more difficult, and it goes pretty far from the lake, so the scenery isn’t as good. The trail twists and turns, seemingly going uphill at every possible turn. It also joined up with a horse trail for a while, which was OK, but not ideal. It was still fun and the woods are beautiful in their own right, but the first half of the trail was much more to our liking.

Sarah
Sarah

The trail joined up with an interpretive trail for a bit and some trees were labeled, which would be educational if I could ever remember anything like that.

Tree labels
Labeled trees

Tree sign
Tree sign

We noticed that for a while there were two blazes on the trees, but one of them was crossed out with red paint. It appeared someone made a mistake and put blazes for the interpretive trail on the wrong trail. This made me think of Doug and his painting blue blazes along the Superior Hiking Trail. Reading about his efforts there really make me appreciate those who paint blazes on our trails. But whoever made this mistake must have been pretty mad at themselves, both for making things more confusing to hikers and for having to go back, paint over the incorrect blazes, and paint the blazes on the right trail.

Oops!
Botched trail blazes

All in all, it was a great hike. We discussed possibly doing this trail in the opposite direction next time to finish with our favorite section and lots of great lake views.

Yellowwood Lake
Yellowwood Lake

Morgan-Monroe State Forest Ride

Monday, December 31st, 2007

Yesterday I rode up to Morgan-Monroe State Forest, a route I’ve done several times but always enjoy. At 35 miles, it was a bigger ride than I’ve done in a while due to the weather, but I was feeling good so I felt a longer ride was in order. It was in the upper 30s and the roads were dry and in good shape. I’m not going to do a detailed write-up, but here are some photos.

Field and power lines
Field and power lines

Musgrave Orchard
Musgrave Orchards (this place has great cider)

Bryant Creek Lake
Bryant Creek Lake had a layer of ice
Ice on the lake surface
Thin ice on Bryant Creek Lake
More logging :(
More logging

Cherry Lake II
Cherry Lake

Bike by forest
My bicycle

Bicycle and acorns
Acorns

Brooks B17 and Keven's Bag
My saddle and new(ish) saddle bag

Main Forest Road
Main Forest Road

Meandering road
Rays of sunlight striking Old State Road 37

Rock Shelter Trail

Monday, December 31st, 2007

Rock Shelter Trail

I haven’t done as much cycling as I’d hoped during my time off, but Sarah and I have done some hiking instead. We got away from hiking for a while, and I think we both forgot how much we enjoy it. We’re lucky that it’s been mostly in the 40s lately, great hiking weather. On Saturday, we hiked the Rock Shelter Trail, which we have hiked before (read about it here). We took our dog Rob with us, who really needed the exercise.

We were dismayed to find a lot of logging going on in Morgan-Monroe State Forest, particularly by this trail. A huge semi was taking up most of the parking lot when we arrived, and we kept hearing logging trucks through part of the hike. Other than that and occasional blast from a hunter’s rifle, it was a very quiet and peaceful hike. And aside from the trucks, we didn’t see a single other person on the trail. Rob loved it, but didn’t pace himself. Of course, there was no way for him to know how long the hike would be. He was running around a lot and especially liked the parts down by the creek. Toward the end of our 3-mile hike, he was getting pretty tired.

Us
Us

Rob
Rob

Looking through water bottle
Looking through my water bottle

Trees on a hill
Trees on a hill


Blaze
Sarah and Rob hiking

Rob
Rob

Creekbed
Creek bed

Me, in the rock shelter
Me, in the rock shelter

Moss
Moss

Colorful mushroom
Mushroom

Pond
Pond

Sarah
Sarah

Logging
Logging

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